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The book is in two parts: Part One includes a summary of the main sequence of events of Germany’s U-boat campaigns, from the first proposals to use submarines against merchant shipping (Handelskrieg) in October 1914, up to the commencement of unrestricted U-boat warfare in February 1917.
Accompanied by rarely seen images, Shape a Course for Fastnet presents the compelling, courageous and tragic maritime history of ships that were attacked in the South-Western Approaches during the 1914-1918 War. The meticulously researched and presented material adds immensely to our understanding of Ireland’s First World War history generally and, specifically, of its fascinating maritime history during that period.
SS AusoniaThe 8,133 gross ton Ausonia of Liverpool was sunk by a torpedo and shellfire from the German submarine U-62, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Ernst Hashagen, on 30th May 1918, about 588 miles W by S¾S (true) of the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse in approximate position...
SS Storstad The 6,028 gross ton Storstad of Khristiania (Oslo) was sunk by torpedo and gunfire from the German submarine U-62, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Ernst Hashagen, on 8th March 1917, approximately 84 miles west from the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse in position Lat...
SS Marina The best-known event involving lightkeepers on the Skelligs in the First World War was their participation in the rescue of two boatloads of survivors from the 5,204 gross ton Marina of Glasgow which was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-55,...
About the Author, G.L. King
G.L. King worked for many years in the field of marine conservation. He is the grandson of a light keeper whose family were boat contractors to the Slyne Head Lighthouses off the coast of County Galway from the start of their construction in 1832. The contract remained in the same family without interruption for almost 150 years, which made it one of the longest-running contracts on the coast. His mother was descended from the Walls and Doolittles, two old seafaring families from Wicklow Town who went to sea under sail for most of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century, by which time the great
age of sail had almost come to an end in Europe. He lives in County Wexford in Ireland.